Too Close To The Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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"A good story... a fitting memorial" (Observer)
"A fascinating story of a man trying to outrun the social upheavals of the twentieth century" (Herald)
"Wheeler has made excellent use of the sources at hand... Moreover, Wheeler writes well, and has a gift - shared by only very few - for pinning down the smells and atmosphere of the African landscape" (Literary Review)
"She dazzles the reader with an evocation of time and place.. her description of the east Africa Campaign is detailed and enthralling" (Keith Dovkants Scotsman)
"She writes beautifully, with a vivid turn of phrase, a sound grasp of history and an impish humour" (Andrew Lycett Sunday Times)
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Perhaps a more accurate and dispassionate portrayal of the man she undoubtably loved, and her life in the turbulent difficult and exciting times of Kenya's early pioneers, it rIngs true to a third generation ex bush pilot who was familiar with the areas, clubs, family's and skies of that wild and beautiful country.
My grandparents and parents moved and mingled with many of the characters mentioned. I live a few miles from that house at the coast, flew the routes taken by the principle chapters who were living history, and lived as a boy not far from that coffe farm that consumed so much of her life.
I found it moving, fascinating and wholly believable. It is a beautifully written most enjoyable account of the life and times of my grandparents generation. I can highly recommend it.
But all this begs the question - would Finch Hatton have become as well-known as he has, had it not been for the combined efforts of Karen Blixen, the more hirsute Robert Redford - and of course, the author of this compelling book, Sara Wheeler? Probably not.
So it says a great deal for Ms. Wheeler's literary skills that she's produced a first-class book, one tremendously well-written, full of sly humour and painstakingly researched; she says it took her three years and that, I can well imagine. Sara Wheeler has convincingly brought all of the characters to life. Karen Blixen is portrayed as a loyal friend, talented, obstinate and histrionic who was used as a convenient bed-fellow for Finch Hatton, between safaris; Beryl Markham as scheming, self-serving, promiscuous and, I think, quite unpleasant.Read more ›
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Good descriptive life in B.E.A. later Kenya in the early days. Good description of the "Forgotten 1914 -1918 war" in East Africa and its cost in human lives especially the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by john fountain
To be honest I preferred the second half of the book....from where Denys arrived in Africa. The first half related to his childhood and teenage years growing up in UK. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sno-Bird